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Before you buy a property, ask your home inspector if any of these common property issues are present.

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Home inspection tips

Home Inspection Tips

Buyer risk

Buyer Risk

Before you buy a property, ask your home inspector if any of these common property issues are present.

  • Outside

  • Inside

  • Attic or crawl space

  • Basement



Poor drainage. Beware: Improper water drainage can lead to foundation problem, rot and mold.Cracks in the foundation and window perimeters that allow water into wall cavities.

Aged or improperly installed roofing. if the roof is past its life expectancy, you may want to have a licensed roofer inspect it.

Uneven pavement, cracked steps and loose handrails on steps.



  • Insufficient or out-of date wiring(exposed, knob and tube, or wiring less than 100amps).

  • Poor Ventilation. Fact: Insufficient ventilation can equate to excess moisture damaging interior walls and structural elements.

  • Rusty, old or incompatible plumbing or piping that failed a pressure test or was not tested.

  • Mold or Fungus in the house or signs of prior water damage.

Attic or crawl space

Attic or crawl space

  • Damage to trusses or rafters from shifting.

  • Improper insulation. Beware: Too much insulation can restrict airflow and insulation placed too close to electrical can be a fire hazard.

  • Water Damage to floorboards, vents or the chimney.



  • Water stains down walls. Beware: Water stains are indicative of a basement that leaks when heavy storms roll through.

  • A faulty HVAC system. Fact: HVAC systems can cost thousands of dollars to replace.

  • Pencil-like termite tubes along joists.

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